Natural History Magazine 

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December 01, 2020

Dancing on a Lotus

A thousand-year-old secret Newar Buddhist dance practice goes global.

July 01, 2019

Odissi: A reconstructed classical dance of India

The poetry sculpted onto temple stone and performed by living Odissi dancers forms a confluence of grace and sensuality.

November 01, 2018

Pasupati

A midnight ceremony in Bali consecrates the newly-made dance masks for use in sacred ritual.

March 01, 2018

A Javanese court dance represents and reinforces the power of the sultan and the values of the culture.

March 01, 2017

The Lila of the Gnawa: A Ritual Traverse from Slavery to Redemption

The Gnawa of Morocco employ an all-night ritual 

of trance dancing to make peace with the residual 

memories of enslavement.

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June 01, 2016

A choreographer expresses the contemporary

paradox of being a woman, Muslim, North

African, Arab, and artist. 

March 01, 2016

State-sponsored Happiness

The Himalayan nation of Bhutan prepares for

the sixtieth birth anniversary of previous king.

The birthday gift of choice for this benevolent

monarch is dance.

October 01, 2015

A Romantic in Search of the Authentic

A look into Myanmar's dance traditions.

March 01, 2015

From War to Enlightenment

A Bhutanese ritual enactment celebrates a

historic battle strategem.

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September 01, 2019

Batsheva Legacy

The Batsheva Dance Company continues to offer bold and commanding performances as a new generation of exciting choreographers is unleashed.

September 01, 2019

White Light

The ninth year of the festival offers powerful, gross-genre works that transcend disciplinary boundaries.

June 01, 2019

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker Choreographs Bach

Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker presents Bach's Six Brandenburg Concertos in the epic 55,000-square-foot Drill Hall at New York's Park Avenue Armory.

June 01, 2019

Drive East 2018

The 2018 Drive East Festival of Indian Music and Dance offered an inspiring week-long program featuring a rich variety of top-level performing artists from India and the United States.

June 01, 2019

A Conversation with Maya Kulkarni and Mesma Belsaré

An interview with the highly talented Indian dancer and artist, Mesma Belsaré, and her mentor/choreographer, Maya Kulkarni.

June 01, 2019

In the Court of Yogyakarta

The court musicians and dancers of Yogyakarta perform signature dance traditions at Asia Society.

December 31, 2018

The Space Between

Andrea Miller's Gallim Dance Company receives a year-long residency at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

December 31, 2018

Site-Specific at the Rubin

The Rubin Museum partners with Pentacle Management in a series of site-specific dance offerings in their galleries.

September 01, 2018

A Day in the Life of Nrityagram

At the odissi dance village outside of Bangalore, the dancers create a new choreography -- Dasavataar -- The Ten Incarnations of Vishnu.

June 01, 2018

Three Israeli Choreographers

Three Israeli choreographers produce works that reflect the society's intensity and directness owing to a history of existential concerns.

June 01, 2018

Drive East

The Drive East Festival of Indian Music and Dance offers bold choreographic ideas in tandem with respect for tradition and super-charged dancing.

January 01, 2018

Two English Operas

Mark  Morris brings generous double bill of Britten's Curlew River and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas to the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

September 01, 2017

A Mosaic in the Making

A look at the process as Belgian-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui creates a commission for the Martha Graham Dance Company.

September 01, 2017

Mr. Gaga

Ohad Naharin and the Batsheva Dance Company of Israel deliver a plea for the soul of their country with Last Work.

September 01, 2017

Geimaruza Nihon Buyo

The youthful nihon buyo dance ensemble from Japan offers selections from the traditional repertoire that capture the essence of Japanese culture and sensibilities.

June 01, 2017

Dancing Black Lives (Matter)

2016 BAM Next Wave Festival becomes well-disposed platform for Black Lives Matter message.

June 01, 2017

White Lights 2016

Lincoln Center's White Light Festival grapples with what it means to be human (or humane) and finds that Indian dance has done this centuries.

June 01, 2017

Next Wave 2016

An abundance of talent is presented at the 2016 Next Wave Festival at Brooklyn Academy of Music – especially in the smaller venues.

March 01, 2017

The Kanze Noh Theatre from Japan took audiences on a journey into their 700-year-old ritualized blend of music, poetry, drama, and dance at the 2016 Lincoln Center Festival.

September 01, 2016

A Conversation With Surupa Sen and Bijayini Sathpathy

Surupa Sen and Bijayini Sathpathy of the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble discuss the focus of their Artistic Residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center as well as life at the Nrityagram dance village.

June 01, 2016

A Path to Extreme Dance

Choreographer Andrea Miller pushes the limits of what is possible in danced movement with her "Jedi" dancers of Gallim Dance.

September 01, 2015

Batsheva at 50

The Batsheva Dance Company of Israel turns fifty and celebrates with an international tour performing Sadeh21 by Ohad Naharin, the company's artistic director and creator of the movement system called Gaga.

March 01, 2015

The Early Work of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker brings a program of her early works to Lincoln Center in celebration of 30 years of making and performing dances with her company Rosas. Her dances are informed by a rigorous exploration of  music forms and geometric structures. 

June 01, 2014

Scribbler of Tales

Akram Khan brilliantly blends contemporary dance with his native kathak (classical Indian) idiom to spin a universal tale of searching for one's roots.

September 01, 2014

The Legacy of Shiva

In India, the Hindu God Shiva is considered the Lord of the Dance and is believed to have danced the world into existence with his divine movements. This spiritual and artistic energy was renewed at the World Music Institute's "Dancing the Gods" festival as well as Nrityagram's odissi offerings at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

September 01, 2013

Personal Territory

Zvi Gotheiner's Dabke takes a simple, Middle Eastern dance form (the dabke) and uses it to explore the dynamics of the dance and the greater cultural and political issues within the Middle East. 

June 01, 2013

What the Body Remembers

The apsaras, or celestial dancers, were always considered to be guardians of the Cambodian people. After the Cambodian culture suffered near annihilation at the hands of the genocidal Pol Pot regime of the late 1970s, its dancers and artists have regenerated their cultural legacy and brought a sampling to New York City in the form of Season of Cambodia. 

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ARCHIVE

June 01, 2014

The Imperative of Memory

A dance archive offers lessons learned from the

near-death of the Khmer culture.

November 01, 2012

The Mandala of Dance

In Bhutan, the land of Gross National Happiness,

everyone is a dancer.

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November 11, 2020

Teaching Happiness—Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom Review

Bhutanese film Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom offers a Buddhist lesson in true fulfillment.

June 11, 2020

Dancing Tara through COVID-19

A practitioner finds empowerment and community through performing the sacred dance of the Buddhist deity, Tara, using Zoom.

November 02, 2018

The Moving Mandala: Inside Bhutan’s Sacred Dance Festivals

The story behind the Tantric master who brought sacred dances to the Himalayan region and the singular dance displaying his remarkable manifestations and activities.

October 02, 2020

The Kung Fu Nuns, Fighting for All Sentient Beings

A courageous group of Himalayan Buddhist sisters dance, cycle, and practice kung fu to champion gender equality and respect for the environment.

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November 01, 2018

The Story Within the Llama's Temple

A visit to the Chakhar Temple in the Bumthang Valley reveals a painting that tells how the all-powerful Buddhist saint Padmasambhava first came and performed miracles that enabled the spread of Buddhism through the Himalayan region.

May 01, 2018

To Trongsa

A recap of the rich dance legacy performed at the annual Trongsa Tshechu -- a superb example of how the Bhutanese use dance to express fundamental ideas.

July 01, 2018

Kushuthara -- A Token of Love

Bhutan's first female filmmaker, Karma Deki, creates a uniquely Bhutanese story and film that truly teaches the meaning of karma.

May 01, 2014

The First Glimpse

First impressions of the nation of Bhutan.

November 01, 2014

Guardians of Culture

A report on how Bhutan measures up to the country's 

mission to preserve its intangible culture.

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January 01, 2017

Double Sighting

A surprise, once-in-a-lifetime sacred tapestry

consecration at an ancient Bhutanese temple.

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BIO

I'm a New York City-based dance writer and frequent contributor to Natural History Magazine and Ballet Review, covering contemporary and traditional dance at home and abroad.

     My passion is to learn how people everywhere express themselves through movement and transmit that information. Wherever I travel, I engage with local performing artists and ritual practitioners to gain a deeper understanding of their dances and traditions --a window into how they understand the world. 

     I joined my first dance circle as a child accompanying

my mother to her weekly

international folk dance sessions at the local community center. Smitten by the physical movement and the exotic music, I sought out formal dance training, and earned a BFA in dance at North Carolina School of the Arts.

     After moving to New York and working with several modern dance companies, I developed a creative movement curriculum for young children which I implemented in several New York City Schools. 

     Much later, I discovered that if I wrote about the dance I observed, I could enjoy the experience again and again.

 

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